BBQ Plank Pears

Plank Pears cooked on a plank ready to serve.

This easy dessert of plank pears gently cooks the fruit. With a light sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon, the plank helps protect the fruit from the heat and adds a subtle wood and smoke flavor.

The recipe uses cinnamon as the flavor to sprinkle over the plank pears. This can be substituted for pumpkin spice or mixed spice to add a different twist.

Try experimenting with other fruits such as apples, peaches, and bananas that are in season or available at your local market. You can serve the pears as is, or with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. 

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Slices of pears laid out on a plank ready to be smoked.
Planked pears is a way of cooking pears which complements but doesn’t overpower the delicate pear flavor.
Cooked plank pears ready to serve.
Plank Pears are cooked on a food-grade plank that imparts its flavor to the delicate fruit.
Plank Pears are sliced and laid out decoratively on a plank ready to cook.
Plank Pears is a subtle way to cook this delicate fruit adding an outdoor flavor yet not overpowering it.
Plank Pears served on a white plate with cream.
Plank Pears are served with cream, mascarpone, or ice cream to compliment the delicate pear flavor.
Plank Pears cooked on a plank ready to serve.
Cooking the plank pears in a decorative manner means they can be served on the plank.

BBQ Plank Pears Recipe

Plank Pears cooked on a plank ready to serve.
This easy dessert of plank pears gently cooks the fruit with a light sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon. The plank protects the fruit from the heat and adds a subtle wood and smoke flavor.
Preparation 5 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Ready in 50 minutes
Servings 4 Servings


  • 2 pears
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh cream (mascarpone, or ice cream) for serving


  • 1 plank


  • Preheat a smoker or closed grill to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  • Clean the pears then slice carefully downwards to create 6 even thickness slices.
  • Lay all the slices out then brush with the butter and sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar. Flip the pears then repeat.
  • A cold or preheated plank may be used. Lay the pears out in a decorative fashion of your choice, such as in portion servings.
  • Place in the preheated barbecue for 35 minutes.
  • Serve warm with fresh cream, mascarpone, or ice cream.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 219kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 1gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 10mgPotassium: 142mgFiber: 4gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 640IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 1mg

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